From:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Kelvin Sung [KSung@uwb.edu]
Sent:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sunday, September 28, 2008 6:18 PM
To:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† John Nordlinger
Cc:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Kelvin Sung
Subject:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† RE: Sep 2008: Progress Report on: XNA CS1-Lab Workbook
Re: XNA CS1-Lab
Workbook: September 2008 Progress Report
In September we worked on two
major areas of the project: refinement and distribution:
book refinement: As described in the progress report from August, we
are about 75% done with the workbook initial draft. At this point, it is
essential to ensure these materials are consistent, coherent, and present
an overall framework for building knowledge. We have worked on refining
and revising these materials.
the next step in the project is to begin releasing our materials
on-line and to enable independent faculty in reviewing the materials.
Towards this end, we have made tremendous progress:
we have completely revised the XNA Game-Themed Introductory Programming
Project web-site. We have integrated php-scripting to support dynamic
rendering of html pages, and to support easy modification in the future.
We have build an over-arching theme encompassing the XGA (XNA Game-themed
Assignment) and XGC1 (XNA Game-themed Cs1) projects. Please refer to: (http://depts.washington.edu/cmmr/Research/XNA_Games/index.php?code=proj
) for the details.
of XGC1: The first pre-release of XGC1 is finally out on the web. We have
spend considerable amount of time customizing the release tool from the
XGA-phase of the project. While in XGA, we have to work with 7
assignments where each assignment includes 4-6 XNA projects, in the
current XGC1 project, we current have about 40-60 XNA projects, each with
independent explanation html page. To ensure all project compiles
properly, and to ensure the look and feel of the html explanation pages
are consistent, we have put in considerable efforts in stream-lining the
release procedure with many new customized tools. The good news is, with
the first pre-release the development with these tools are about finished
and all tools are operational.
with Reed Stevens: we are proceeding with the collaboration with Reed in
studying the effectiveness of the XGC1 materials. We are in the process
of applying for human subject approval, on-track for in-classroom study
in Spring 2009. The timing would be perfect for SIGCSE paper writing next
in Mexico: Thanks to Kentís introduction, Kelvin is in touch with Ruben
Mugartegui Paulin, we are finalizing a possible workshop based on the
materials from XGC1 in early next year with potential follow-up workshops
later next year.
Workshop: Kelvin and Mike are deep in preparation for the
up-coming CCSC-NW workshop on working with XGA materials. This workshop
differs from our previous ones in that we will build in time for
participants to design their own assignments. This will be a template for
our SIGCSE workshop (if accepted).
- Next: Well,
school has just begun. It is expected we will be (if just slightly)
distracted from this project to pay attention to our classroom and
students. Other than that, we are making great progress.